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Your Orlando Vacation: The No. 2 Most Fun City in the US

By Yasmene Warren

Orlando Vacation

Orlando is a fun city, and that’s why we ranked as the No. 2 most fun city in America. Want in on the fun? Here’s your guide to an exciting Orlando vacation.

1. Fun for the Thrill Seekers

Our theme parks are what landed us that coveted top spot on WalletHub’s list of most fun cities in America.

Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Starting with our most popular theme park, we have Walt Disney World Resort. Disney boasts four exciting theme parks, plus a splash-filled water park: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Blizzard Beach.

This theme park giant averages around 58 million visitors annually. Each park is filled with exhilarating rides such as Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind that keep thrill seekers coming back for more.

Universal Orlando Resort is the Sunshine State’s other world-famous theme park, and there are three — soon to be four — parks perfect for playing in: Universal Studios; Islands of Adventure; and Volcano Bay. Epic Universe is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2025.

Film fanatics can find their fun at Universal Studios with attractions themed around movie franchises such as Despicable Me, Men in Black, Fast & Furious, and Harry Potter.

Rip Ride Rockit™, The Incredible Hulk Coaster®, and Jurassic World VelociCoaster are a few of Universal’s gems sure to excite any Orlando vacation.

SeaWorld Orlando combines high thrills with watery chills for an adventure-packed visit to the City Beautiful. Get your blood pumping on the Kraken® and Pipeline: The Surf Coaster, marvel at the unique sea life, then mosey over to Aquatica to make a splash under the warm Florida sun.

In case you thought the thrill ended there, Orlando is home to one more exceptional tourist attraction: Fun Spot America.

Fun Spot — open year-round — is the place to go when you want to enjoy midway fun. Visiting Fun Spot is reminiscent of going to your hometown carnival. Just like a carnival, there’s roller coasters and rides for all ages.

2. Unique Places to Eat

You may not be traveling all the way to Orlando to try our food, but that doesn’t mean your eating experiences shouldn’t be fun filled as well. Unique restaurants are on the rise around town. If you want to maximize the excitement of your Orlando vacation, dig into what’s cooking.

There are all sorts of restaurants near your Orlando happenings. Spend the day at Disney and dine the night away at places like KungFu Kitchen, Susuru, and Lazy Dog.

Don’t want your day at Disney to end? Head to Disney Springs and try restaurants from Morimota Asia and Terralina Crafted Italian to Summer House on the Lake.

If you’re spending time in Orlando at Universal or SeaWorld, dine along International Drive’s entertainment corridor. This strip boasts fantastic eateries to please every palate such as Kavas Tacos & Tequila, Aashirwad Indian Food & Bar, Fogo de Chão, and Oreganatta Italian Buffet.

Venture outside of our city’s tourism district and find yourself in a whole new world of flavor. Neighborhoods like Mills 50, the Milk District, and SoDo offer a diverse selection of restaurants that set our city apart from others.

The Talkin’ Tacos chain makes its way to Orlando to school us on a proper taco.  When you can’t make up your mind on what to eat, choose savory and sweet at Smoke & Donuts BBQ. Zaru, a cute new restaurant, is treating the Mills district to savory Japanese noodles. Or take the Sunrail to Leafy Hotpot & BBQ for top-grade Korean BBQ.

3. Endless Activities for Everyone

Our theme parks attract everyone to Orlando, and our endless activities are what keep visitors coming back.

Can you imagine an Orlando vacation with the family without fun, kid-friendly activities to enjoy? Even if you don’t visit the theme parks, there are enough family and kid friendly activities to enjoy around town.

Vacationers attracted to whimsical entertainment should visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds Orlando Wax Museum at ICON Park, and WonderWorks on I-Drive is a must-see.

Want an activity that gets your adrenaline going and challenges your brain? Action-packed activities like solving a room at The Escape Game or immersing yourself into a digital world at Arcade Monsters are sure to get your blood pumping.

Florida’s weather also makes this a great state for golf, but you don’t have to be a professional to partake. You don’t even need clubs. Fantasia Gardens Fairways Miniature Gold, right outside of the Disney parks, offers an affordable and fun mini golfing experience for people of all ages and experiences. Clubs and balls are included.

Disney Springs Aerophile

Disney Springs is home to the Aerophile, a hot air balloon that can be seen from far and wide. It’s also a ride that offers incredible views of the beautiful Walt Disney World Resort.

Orlando Vacation at the Most Fun Hotels

With all this fun under the sun, you’d think staying in Orlando would be a pricey feat. But affordable hotels like our Rosen Inns help make that notion not so true. Book with Orlando Hotels 4 Less and get the best rates coupled with the best stay and the most helpful staff.

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